Tuesday, March 14, 2017

France: 60,000 Jews have moved out of Ile-de-France in the last 10 years

The French weekly L'Express reports that, in the last decade, 60,000 of the 350,000 Jews who resided in Ile-de-France have moved out, according to Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance against anti-Semitism.

The article refers to the violent attack against two brothers by a saw-wielding man and his friends in Bondy (Seine-Saint-Denis, the notorious district of Paris which is known as '93' after its postcode).  

Since the mid-2000s, the number of Jews living in Ile-de-France has decreased considerably. Towns in Seine-Saint-Denis where Jewish families used to live in the past, have gradually been emptied.  They have been moving to the XIIth, XVIth and XVIIth arrondissements of Paris, but also to Saint-Mandé, Vincennes, Neuilly-sur-Seine and Boulogne.

On Saturdays, in some of the synagogues, it is difficult to reach the quorum for prayer.

Sometimes there are more guards protecting us than members of the congregations, said  Albert Oliel, president of the Beth-Yaacob synagogue in Aulnay-sous-Bois. In this commune of Seine-Saint-Denis, there are only a hundred Jewish families left, whereas there were 600 in 2000, according to the estimates of Jérôme Fourquet and Sylvain Manternach, authors of an investigation on the subject.

read the article in French

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